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Recovering Linux soft raid 5, disk stays as spare

I got disk failure on my Centos Linux soft raid 5 array (mdadm). I replaced one of the disk and started to rebuild the array. Next time I checked the status, the rebuild was failed. This is the ...
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3ware card in RAID-5 configuration slow and causes load when writing

I have a 1Gb/s bandwidth between my computers. The source can actually read and send data at 25MB/s via SSH. My test file is 4GB, I use scp without compression for the test transfer. The rate is ...
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Replace a slowly dying drive in Linux software raid5

I have the same problem as in Can I "atomically" swap a raid5 drive in Linux software raid? i.e. a Linux software raid with 3 RAID5 disks where one disk is showing smart errors but isn't ...
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mdadm raid5 recover double disk failure - with a twist (drive order)

Let me acknowledge first off that I have made mistakes, and that I have a backup for most but not all of the data on this RAID. I still have hope of recovering the rest of the data. I don't have the ...
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Linux RAID5 Optimal Chunk Size

I bring up, yet again, the ever-present question of how to best optimize disk structures. In my organization, we have a 14TB Linux software RAID array dedicated to storing backups made using Symantec ...
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Setup 1x RAID5 array with multiple LVs and differnt filesystems?

Centos 5.9 - 2.6.18-348.3.1.el5 i686 Raid5 - 4 Disks + 1 Spare (all WD RED 3TB) Does it make sence to create multiple LV within the same VP and configure them as differnt filesystems: Example: LV1: ...
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Missing 2 Disk out of software RAID 5

I have a Debian squeeze installation with 6x 3TB Disks. On the SW RAID5 are 4 partitions. First for gpart BIOS, RAID 1 for "/", RAID5 for swap and the biggest part RAID5 for files. While the ...
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mdadm kernel log messages explained

Welcome. I try to recover from linux software raid failure. I am in a process of recreating the superblocks based on a syslog from the system when it was healthy. The log speaks about 2 md devices, ...
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What parameters to mdadm, to re-create md device with payload starting at 0x22000 position on backing storage?

I try to recover from mdadm raid disaster, which happened when moving from ubuntu server 10.04 to 12.04. I know the correct order of devices from dmesg log, but given this information, I still cannot ...
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How many really distinct permutations of volumes are in mdadm raid5 degraded array?

I'm attempting to recover from a failure of my raid volume after upgrade from ubuntu 10.04 to 12.04. I've tried re-creating the array in any combination of 5 elementary volumes with one replaced ...
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Linux raid controller (LVM/MDADM)

Today I'm in a very bad place. A production raid array went down. The controller failed. After unmounting the file systems and killing all processes, I changed the hardware controller. On restarting ...
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/boot on separate disk or on the raid array

I have 3 ssd disks (59 GB) each. I want to use them as sofware raid5 with fedora 15. I read that it is recommended to have /boot on a separate disk. 2 questions: 1) is it possible and advisable to ...
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Linux software RAID-5: failed drive doesn't degrade the array

I have a CentOS 6.0 install sitting in a Hyper-V VM. I'm trying out some of the software RAID features of Linux and I've got a RAID-5 array made up of virtual SCSI disks. Most of it works fine: if I ...
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Sources of bottleneck for Linux RAID5 software array

I created a 7-drive RAID5 array with mdadm and put LVM2 on the array should I want to expand it in the future. I formatted as XFS. I basically followed this tutorial line for line: Easy to expand ...
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Why does MDADM Raid 5 require a spare

From the mdadm man page: "When creating a RAID5 array, mdadm will automatically create a degraded array with an extra spare drive. This is because building the spare into a degraded array is in ...
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How do I stop and repair a RAID 5 array that has failed and has I/O pending?

The short version: I have a failed RAID 5 array which has a bunch of processes hung waiting on I/O operations on it; how can I recover from this? The long version: Yesterday I noticed Samba access ...
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Detecting raid setup in centos 5

We have bougth a server off of Iweb web hosting and its supposed to have raid5 hardware installed. At this point so many things have gone wrong with IWeb we are just not sure we have our raid at all. ...
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moving mdraid from failed Buffalo NAS

I've been tasked with restoring a RAID from a failed Buffalo NAS. the NAS box has failed, but our understanding at this point is that the drives are still functioning. I believe that Buffalo's NAS was ...
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How do I replace a disk marked as removed from a linux md raid-5 array?

I had some recent computer issues and somehow one of my disks ended up not being recognized in my array anymore. It identifies fine, and both smart and some other disk checking utils all say its fine, ...
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Software RAID 5 with different sized hard drives

Is it possible to use Linux software raid with different sized hard drives? What will happen? Related
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Linux Software RAID 5 Random Small Write Performance Abysmal - Reconfiguration Advice

I have 3 1 TB HDDs and 3 500 GB HDDs. Right now each size grouping is in a RAID 5, both of which are in an LVM volume group (with striped LVs). I'm finding this to be too slow for my usage on small ...
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mdadm raid5 failure. set wrong drive to faulty by accident

noticed a degraded raid where /proc/mdstats marked one device as down. so i wanted to set the missing drive to faulty and reattach it. somehow i got the wrong drive, leaving me with an unworking ...
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What is the procedure for reactivating a failed mdadm RAID5 array?

I have a three disk RAID5 array managed with mdadm, with an XFS filesystem on it. While I was using the machine, I noticed the machine suddenly become unresponsive (new programs wouldn't start, etc), ...
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Is it safe to shutdown a machine while rebuilding/recovering/growing a RAID5 array that was built with mdadm

I have recently started a recovery on my 5-drive RAID in my file-server, and it says it'll take 691+ minutes to complete. I was wondering what would happen to the process if the machine lost power - ...
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How long should the initial creation of my RAID 5 Array take? This seems ridiculous

I'm building a raid 5 array with 3 1.5TB drives on CentOS 5.5 using mdadm. Everything seems to be working fine, except it's taking forever and I'm not sure if that's normal. It's going on 6 hours ...
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Can I boot from a software RAID5 setup with linux?

I am planning the setup of a new NAS system, deciding if using Openfiler or something similar. I've been checking some RAID cards, and thinking about hardware failure or substitution, and I have the ...
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Should I worry about the integrity of my linux software RAID5 after a crash or kernel panic?

I have a dual core Intel i5 Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS system running kernel 2.6.32-22-server #33-Ubuntu SMP with three 1TB SATA hard drives set up in a RAID5 array using linux md devices. I have read ...
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Why do I get a DegradedArray event with mdadm

Just so we're clear on what's happening: I bought 4 new sata 2 drives, with the intent of using them in a raid5 all drive are fully recognised by both my bios and my linux box (gentoo) I created a ...
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Easy to expand Linux software RAID 5 with XFS. Best practices?

I use my Ubuntu machine as a file server for Windows/Linux/Mac clients using a Samba share. I need it to be easily expandable by just adding more hard drives without having to move any data back and ...
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raid 5 rebuilding epic fail

someone has asked me to rebuild a faulty raid 5 on a 3ware raid controller... i have 3 drives all 160 GB ive gone through the steps ie selected the degraded array unit and then gone over to "Rebuild ...
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Growing a Linux software RAID5 array

On my home file server, I've got a 1.5TB software RAID5 array, built from four 500gb Western Digital drives. I've got a fifth drive that I usually run as a hot spare (but have out of the array at the ...
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Recover RAID-5 that was already running in degraded mode (lost a second disk)

this is silly, this has happened before and I figured out how to fix it and it was fine. I'm running 4 500GB SATA drives in a RAID-5 on Ubuntu 7.10 server. One of the disks failed (actually I think ...
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Linux RAID 5 with non identical disks

I want to use a software raid on a Linux server I am creating. I have 2 identical Maxtor 250 GB hard drives and one Western Digital 250GB hard drive. I know I know I can easily set up raid 1 with the ...
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How do I move a Linux software RAID to a new machine?

I have a newly built machine with a fresh Gentoo Linux install and a software RAID 5 array from another machine (4 IDE disks connected to off-board PCI controllers). I've successfully moved the ...